Reading List

Books for Adults

A Child’s Journey Through Placement
Vera L. Fahlberg, M.D.

The definitive resource! A look at all the factors which affect children who are in the child welfare system and who then are adopted.

Adopted Child, Vol. 9 No. 8, a special issue for teachers
Lois Ruskai Melina

A newsletter for the adoption community

Adopting the Hurt Child
Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky

A realistic, yet hopeful look at children adopted after difficult beginnings. Useful for parents and the professionals who work with the children and their families.

Adopting the Older Child
Claudia L. Jewett

A nationally known family counselor and adoptive parent explains what is in store for those who decide to open their hearts to a waiting child.

Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Patents and Teachers
Edited by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng

A wonderful compendium of articles, drawings, poetry, and wisdom for parents and teachers. Helps parents explore the impact of adoption on their children’s education, and helps teachers to have a positive influence on the adopted child’s experiences at school. Available from FAIR, Families Adopting In Response, PO Box 51436, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Adoption Nation
Adam Pertman

A fascinating look at adoption today and how it impacts lives and our culture.

An Educator’s Guide to Adoption Celebrate Adoption

A handy 22 page booklet which provides adoption information and suggestions to teachers.

Anti-Bias Curriculum. Tools for Empowering Young Children
Louise Derman-Sparks

How to create an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance of differences.

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents
Deborah D. Gray

Explaining that attachment forms the template for future adult relationships, the author stresses how important it is for adoptive parents to be patient in forging this new bond. She shows how to create a high structure/high nurture environment for your child. An invaluable resource.

Being Adopted, The Lifelong Search for Self
David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schechter, and Robin M. Harris.

A very readable discussion of the issues common to all adopted children and adults.

Books for Children

A Forever Family
Roslyn Banish

Eight-year-old Jenny tells her story, including living with her biological parents, foster parents, and finally about being adopted in a courtroom and having a big celebration. Photos help to make the story realistic.

A Mother for Choco
Keiko Kasza

Choco is a motherless little bird who sets out to find his mother. Finally Mrs. Bear reaches out to him, offering to be his mother and after some difficulty at first, he accepts her as his new mommy.

All Kinds of Families
Norma Simon

Many different kinds of families are described.

And I’m Stuck With Joseph
Susan Sommer

An eleven year old experiences the difficult behavior of her new three year old brother.

Beginnings: How Families Come to Be
Virginia Kroll

This is a beautifully illustrated book with six diverse stories of different types of families, told from the perspective of a child asking questions of his parents about how they got to become a family, including single parent, kinship adoption, birth family, etc. Good for reading to and with parents.

Holly Keller

Little Horace, who looks like a leopard, has spots, while his adoptive parents, who look like tigers, have stripes. He finds a family that looks like him in the park one day and has a wonderful time playing with them, and at the end of the day, realizes that he misses him family, and, instead of going home with the leopard family, he runs home to his parents. He learns that being a family has nothing to do with what you look like.

How it Feels to be Adopted
Jill Krementz

Interviews with adopted children, ages eight through sixteen. A good book to help open up discussions.

Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption
Catherine Bunin and Sherry Bunin

A realistic story told by six-year-old Catherine, who is bi-racial and transracially adopted. Answers adoption related questions.

Lucy’s Family Tree
Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Lucy, who was born in Mexico and adopted by her blond parents in the United States, tells about how she handles her family tree assignment. An excellent book for teachers to use when explaining variations of the family tree project.

Lois Wickstrom

Oliver, an alligator-like creature, is mischievous and is sent to his room. He is angry at his adoptive parents and, while confined to his room, daydreams about his birth parents. He wonders what life would be like if he lived with them. Expresses the feelings of many young adopted children.

Books for Adolescents

Lost in the System
Charlotte Lopez with Susan Dworkin

This is the story of Miss Teen USA 1992 who was finally adopted after many years in the foster care system.

Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for Those Touched by Adoption
Patricia Irwin Johnston

This collection of poetry provides much food for thought.

The Great Gilly Hopkins
Katherine Paterson

A well-written story about a mischievous, spunky, intelligent girl as she at first resists becoming close to her foster family.

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